The Carlos Museums offers a wide variety of public programs for adults from scholarly symposia to informal Talk & Taste programs. Click on listings below for descriptions of programs below or visit the Museum calendar for specific information on scheduled programs.

Subscribe to our email list for K-12 programs
How to Schedule a School Tour
The Michael C. Carlos Museum welcomes school groups to explore the Museum's collections and special exhibitions with members of the Museum's Docent Guild.

To schedule a guided tour, download the new Tour Reservation Request Form, which can be filled out and returned to the Museum by email to or by fax to 404-727-4292.  Once your tour request form is received, you will be contacted by Office of Educational Programs staff to confirm your tour.  Your tour is not confirmed simply by submiting the request form, but only when you have received an email confirmation and invoice.

Tour Times: Tours are offered Tuesday through Friday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and noon.
Group Size: Maximum number is 65 guests per hour. Grade levels larger than 65 may schedule back to back tours.
Length of Tours:
50 minutes.
Chaperones: One per every ten students required.
Fees: Visits are $6 per student. One chaperone for every ten students is free. Additional adults are $7 each.
You will receive an email confirming your tour date and time and invoicing you for payment.

Self-guided tours: Teachers who wish to guide their own groups are welcome to do so. Please remember that self-guided groups must also be scheduled in advance to avoid overcrowding in the galleries.

The Carlos Museum announces Carlos Conversations, a series of podcasts that use works of art in the Carlos Collection to spark conversations between distinguished members of Emory’s faculty. Developed in conjunction with Antenna Audio, each podcast brings together experts from different disciplines to look at museum objects in new and unusual ways.

Voted "Best Use of New Technology for Exploring Ancient Ideas" in the 2008 "Best of Atlanta" issue of Atlanta Magazine!

Download any podcast to your iPod or any portable mp3 player, bring it to the museum and receive free admission!

Send us your comments about Carlos Conversation podcasts.

University Classes that Use the Collections of the Carlos


Religous Art of South Asia
T/TH/F Noon-12:50 pm
Dr. Ellen Gough

This course takes an immersive approach to the study of the religious art of South Asia, ca. 2500 BCE to the present day. We will spend two of the three class meetings a week in the classroom, and the third either in the Asian Collection at Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum or at a site of religious practice in Atlanta. Course units will focus on the paintings, sculptures, architecture, and material and visual culture more broadly of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet and Sri Lanka. We will examine Jain, Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim religious art, asking how these material objects relate to religious texts and practices. For the course unit on the Hindu epic the Rāmāyaṇa, for example, we will compare parts of the Sanskrit text of the epic by Vālmīki with depictions of the story in comic books, on television, and in eighteenth-century miniature paintings in the collection at the Carlos Museum. The Spring 2016 semester will also offer the unique opportunity to examine the temporary exhibit at the Carlos Museum, “Doorway to an Enlightened World: The Tibetan Shrine from the Alice S. Kandell Collection.”

Monday, 1-4 pm
Freshman Seminar: The 12 Caesars: Sex, Lies and Politics in Ancient Rome

Dr. Eric Varner
Popular perceptions of Rome’s first twelve Caesars (who included Julius Caesar, Augustus, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Vespasian, Titus and Domitian) are often fueled by the ancient biographer Suetonius’s lurid and scandalous accounts of the period. Suetonius’s Twelve Caesars is filled with accusations of outrageous sexual behavior, madness, and political posturing, that are often in direct opposition to the visual record as embodied in  official monuments of art and architecture commissioned by the Caesars themselves or their wives.  This course will combine an in depth examination of the artistic material, as well as surviving portraits in sculpture and on coins and gems,  together with a careful reading of Suetonius’s text, as well as new biographical material on the twelve Caesars.  Close attention will be paid to the iconographic meaning of the artistic monuments, their intended audiences, and their points of comparison and divergence from Suetonius, thus revealing the complex nature of Roman culture and society in the early imperial period. 

Ancient Egypt
MWF, 10 - 10:50 am
Dr. Gay Robins

This course is designed as an introduction to the art of ancient Egypt from the late Predynastic Period through the Old and Middle Kingdoms. It will examine the basic principles by which Egyptian artists worked, together with the techniques and materials that they used, and will consider the various purposes, religious, political and social, for which Egyptian art was created. The course will be structured chronologically, and will acquaint students with key works of art, placing them within the context of ancient Egyptian history and culture. These works will include the monumental pyramids built by the kings of Egypt to be their tombs and the lavishly decorated tomb chapels constructed for elite government officials. There will be class visits to the Carlos Museum to study ancient Egyptian works on display.

Arts of Africa: An Introduction
MW, 1 - 2:15 pm

Dr. Susan Gagliardi
Artists linked to the African continent have historically created arts from a variety of materials, including wood, metal, and earth as well as animal and vegetal matter. Some objects, including wooden headpieces, were designed to be seen in motion during masquerade performances. Other objects, including brass heads, were designed for static displays. In this introductory course, we will think about a broad range of arts, their biographies, and contexts for their display. We will look closely at different works, from study sixteenth- and seventeenth- century brass plaques once shown in the palace in Benin City, Nigeria, to twentieth-century wooden headpieces worn by performers during certain events in Pende communities of present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo. Students will also be invited to view African art on display at the Michael C. Carlos Museum and the High Museum.

Shamanism: Art in the Americas
TTH, 1 - 2:15 pm
Dr. Rebecca R. S. Bailey

The underlying religious complex of ancient and modern indigenous American cultures can be understood under the umbrella term of shamanism, or the direct visionary contact with the spiritual world by trained intermediaries in order to promote balance, fertility, and health. Art is deeply implicated in this system, from earliest times through to today. This seminar will discuss the parameters of shamanic belief and practice as applied to the visual elements, from the “tools” of curing to the achievement of trance to the recording of experience and imagery of healing itself. An emphasis will be placed on plant and animal iconography.


Information for Faculty

The collections of the Michael C. Carlos Museum represent an important curricular resource for Emory faculty. Comprised of over 20,000 works from the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece and Rome, the Americas, sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and works on paper (prints, drawings, and photographs) from the middle ages to the present, the collections offer unique opportunities to engage students in discussions about original works of art and the civilizations that produced them.

The museum enourages faculty to make use of its diverse collections, as well as temporary exhibitions, as primary resources for object-based teaching. The galleries provide an intimate setting for “out-of-the-classroom” learning. The diverse collections and exhibitions provide points of connection with a variety of disciplines as well as opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. Faculty in art history, classics, religion, creative writing, dance, anthropology, English, the sciences, and others use the museum's collections and exhibitons regularly in their teaching.

The museum's galleries are open Tuesday - Friday, from 10 am - 4 pm and are always free to Emory faculty and students. Faculty may guide their students through the collections and exhibitions or schedule a tour with a member of the museum's Docent Guild. To scheule a time for your class or a docent-led tour, contact Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or Members of the staff are also available to help create connections between the museum’s collections and exhibitions and coursework. Contact Elizabeth Hornor, Marguerite Colville Ingram Director of Education, at 404-727-6118 or

High-quality photographs of more than 1000 objects from the museum’s collection are available free of charge for teaching use through Artstor. Click here and select "Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online" from the Emory Collections section. Faculty and students may request additional photos not available in Carlos Collections Online and may request permission to publish photos in scholarly works by contacting

The museum recognizes that only a small portion of its collection is on view at any given time. Faculty and students may arrange to view selected objects from storage by appointment, Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm, pending availability of staff and suitable space within the museum. Museum curators will help faculty and students to complete a Study Access/Classroom Use of Objects form. Ideally, faculty and students should contact the curator responsible for the object(s) at least two weeks in advance of their class or study period. So that faculty can focus on their teaching, rather than on the care of the artwork, a museum curator and/ or member(s) of the collections staff will attend classes when artwork is present.

The Carlos Museum’s permanent collection galleries mirror its curatorial divisions, each overseen by a member of the staff:

Art of the Americas, Rebecca Stone 
Ancient Greek and Roman Art, Jasper Gaunt  
Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art, Melinda Hartwig 
African Art, Amanda Hellman
Asian Art, Elizabeth Hornor 
Works of Art on Paper, Andi McKenzie  

Museum staff also work with academic departments on campus to develop programs of interest to the academic as well as the Atlanta community. For a complete listing of these programs, please see the calendar.

A civilized learning experience. Enjoy afternoon tea and scones as museum curators and Emory faculty members and graduate students discuss works of art in the collections and exhibitions. These programs are free and open to the Emory community and the public.

Programs for fall semester include:

Thursday, September 15
4 pm, Ackerman Hall

Dr. Laura Wingfield, assistant curator of art of the Americas, discusses Pacific Northwest Coast whale stories, traditional basket styles depicting whales and paddlers, and innovative Alaskan baleen baskets.

Thursday, October 13
4 pm, Ackerman Hall

Emory art history graduate student Kimberly Schrimsher explores a set of rare scrimshawed cattle horns in the African galleries that depict a fierce battle from the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.

Thursday, November 10
4 pm, Ackerman Hall

Laura Somenzi, graduate student in Emory’s Art History Department, explores Andrea Mantegna’s masterful interpretation of antiquity in the engraving Bacchanal with Silenus.



Odyssey Online
The Carlos Museum's interactive website for kids continues to grow and expand. Thanks to the generous financial support of the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the Carlos is pleased to present Odyssey Online: South Asia, a web-based resource for upper elementary, middle, and high school students that uses engaging interactive technology to explore works of art in the museum's collection in depth, and to provide an understanding of how similar objects function in relgious contexts in India and here in Atlanta.  

Students may explore a 13th-century gilt Buddha from Tibet in the museum's collection, and then explore a similar one, with the help of a Tibetan Buddhist monk, on the altar at Atlanta's Drepung Loseling Monastery. They can also study a sandstone image of the elephant-headed deity, Ganesha, and then witness a ritual that happens every Saturday morning at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta in which the deity is annointed with auspicious substances, dressed and ornaments, providing students with an understanding of how such sculptures function in a religious context.

Be sure to explore other engaging sections of Odyssey Online:

Odyssey Online: Greece, designed for elementary students  

Odyssey Online: Ancient Americas, designed for upper elementary and middle school students. 

Special Family Events

Eleventh Annual Mummies and Milkshakes

Saturday, October 29
6-9:30 PM, Ackerman Hall, Level Three
Costumed children can explore the rituals of mummification with Anubis, god of embalming, through a new scavenger hunt, enjoy milkshakes from Jakes Ice Cream and screenings of the hilarious Three Stooges short, We Want Our Mummy, and Abbot and Costello Meet the Mummy. Free to Carlos Museum members; $5 for non-members. Children ages 5 and under are free. Limited space available. Registration is required at

Family Storytelling Event: All the World’s a Stage
Saturday, November 12
2 pm, Ackerman Hall, Level Three
In conjunction with the special exhibition, The First Folio: The Book that Shakespeare Gave Us and in collaboration with the Emory English Department, Megan Hicks, the popular storyteller also known as the Origami Swami, will share tales from two of Shakespeare’s plays, Taming of the Shrew and As You Like It. Afterwards, children in the audience will be invited to make table-top origami stages and stick puppets to take home and create their own dramatic productions. Open to children of all ages with an accompanying adult.

Family Tour: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them…in the Museum!
Sunday, November 13
2 pm, Rotunda, Level One
Become an apprentice magizoologist, searching throughout the museum for the mythical creatures from the world of Harry Potter, including the new movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, opening November 18, with Emory student docent and resident Potterite, Karuna Srikureja.  Free to Carlos Museum members; regular admission price from non-members. Space is limited. Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or

Support for educational programs for children and families at the Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation.

Homeschool Days at the Carlos

Homeschool Day: Shakespeare’s First Folio
Wednesday, November 9
12-3 pm, Rotunda, Level One
Homeschool families are invited to spend the afternoon with Shakespeare in conjunction with the special exhibition, The First Folio: The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. View the first printed collection of his plays, experiment with the printing process used to create the Folio, and play with the language of Shakespeare in an acting workshop led by Emory Theater students. For children 6-16 years old and an accompanying adult.

Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members.  Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or

Join the Homeschool Email List to keep informed of this and other Carlos Museum events for children and families. 

Museum Recognized for Innovative Faculty Collaborations

The Office of the Provost has recognized the Carlos Museum for its commitment to innovative faculty collaborations and to public education. Read the article below and watch the video here.

In the beginning was a mummy. And not just any mummy, but, in fact, the oldest Egyptian mummy in the Western Hemisphere, one of only seven in the world. Emory's Old Kingdom mummy was the first inventoried object (1921.1) in the collection of the Michael C. Carlos Museum. A massive conservation effort in 2011 drew on a university-wide team of conservationists, faculty, and students to restore the Old Kingdom mummy, which now holds a special place in the permanent collection of the Carlos Museum.

However, beyond this one rare and special object, the Carlos opens up a broader treasure chest to Emory -- one intrinsically tied to the university's mission to "create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity." Recognizing the importance of the museum to academic life, Emory's strategic plan, Where Courageous Inquiry Leads, focused one of its framing principles on Creativity: Arts and Innovation. That emphasis -- along with Courageous Inquiry initiatives on strengthening faculty distinction, enhancing the student experience, creating community, and religions and the human spirit -- has helped the Carlos grow even stronger in its support of academics.

Read the full article: View/Download
Read Courageous Inquiry Chronicle: View/Download

Museum Tours

PUBLIC TOURS: Members of the Museum's Docent Guild lead public tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tours begin in the Rotunda on Level One of the Museum.

Docent-led tours are available for groups of ten or more by appointment. Please call 404-727-0519 to schedule a tour for your group. Please call at least two weeks in advance.

Museum Moments is a tour designed for people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia. Experiencing the art of the ancient world at the Carlos Museum can spark the imagination, trigger memories, and encourage a shared experience in a beautiful setting. Individuals with mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer’s or dementia are invited to attend Museum Moments tours with their family member or a caregiver. To schedule a time contact Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519.

Stools for this program were made possible by a gift from Sylvia Dodson in memory of her husband, James Dodson.


Highlights of the Collection Audio Tour
Thanks to the generous financial support of the Sara Giles Moore Foundation, the Carlos Museum is pleased to introduce a new multimedia audio guide to the permanent collections. The guides include fifty minutes of new material, featuring expert commentary from museum curators and Emory faculty members from a number of departments at the university. The guides, available on iPod touches, feature enhanced multimedia content offering visitors a greater understanding of the Carlos Museum’s permanent collection. For example, in the Art of the Americas section, images of whale sharks on the screen help visitors visualize the ways in which the Museum’s Chancay female effigy vessel represents the shaman transforming into the giant fish, which serves as her animal spirit companion. The guide is available for a rental fee of $3.  Carlos Museum members enjoy unlimited free usage.

Times and Texts of the Bible Audio Tour

A second audio tour makes connections between the Museum's permanent collections and the Bible. Curators and faculty members from Emory University's Candler School of Theology and the Departments of Religion and Middle Eastern Studies explore objects in relation to biblical texts to enhance our understanding of the cultures out of which Judaism and Christianity developed. The guide is available for a rental fee of $3. It is included in the general audio tour rental. Museum members enjoy unlimited free usage.


NEW! The Science Behind Art Conservation Tour

The Science Behind Art Conservation
Appropriate for Fourth Grade to High School

In this exciting new tour developed with the guidance and expertise of the museum's Chief Conservator, students will explore the many ways that science is employed in the study and preservation of works of art. Museum docents will introduce students to art conservation practices focusing on preventative care, treatment, and research.  Digital images on iPads will provide students the opportunity to examine the condition of objects prior to conservation treatment, as well as images of treatment in progress. In this very interactive tour, students will be able to handle examples of materials used to make and conserve art, including fabrics used to stabilize the mummies. They will see beyond what is visible to the museum visitor. For example, in the Egyptian galleries they will get a glimpse into the creative process of the artist through modern, microscopic analysis where a cross section of the paint surface from 1075 BC reveals a substructure of mud applied below the layers of under painting.  Students will be able to see how salt crystals in porous materials such as ceramics or stone can cause damage that may destroy the surface and weaken the structure and the treatment that was performed.

Students will practice the Habits of Mind teaching goals as they:
*Ask questions that lead to investigations
*Use charts and graphs
*Use data to answer questions
*Identify patterns of change
*Research and gather information
*Understand the importance of safety concerns

Resources for Teachers:
Classroom Lesson Plans:
       Bug Scavenger Hunt Worksheet
       Condition Report Activity
       Loss Compensation Activity

Introduction to Art Conservation

Preservation Information Cards and Insect Investigation Activity for Students

Case Studies of Conservation Projects at the Museum

Science and Art Conservation: Resources for Teachers to Use in the Classroom

Artful Stories at the Museum

When ancient art, great stories, and inquisitive children are brought together, something exciting happens and young imaginations flourish! This program is for children three-to-five years old accompanied by a parent or other adult. Once a month on select Saturdays, children will be able to sit in the galleries surrounded by works of art and hear stories of ancient Greece and Rome, Egypt, Asia, the Americas, and Africa. After the story, children and their companions will move to the Tate Room to create works of art or participate in activities based on the story and the cultures represented in the Carlos' collections.

The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna
Saturday, November 19
10 am, Asian Galleries, Level One
The 13th century bronze sculpture of Krishna, incarnation of Lord Vishnu, recalls the story of how he defeated the king of snakes and danced upon his head. Children will hear Demi’s beautifully illustrated version of this ancient story before heading to the studio to create gold and paper Krishna collages.


For ages 3 to 5 years with an adult companion.These programs are free but a reservation is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at or 404-727-0519.

The Artful Stories program is made possible through the generous support of PNC Bank and the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation.

Workshops for Teachers, 2015 - 2016

Teachers tell us that the workshops and PLU courses at the Carlos Museum are unique. They value these programs because of the engaging content and the opportunity to work in small groups with scholars and artists who are not only experts in their areas, but masterful and generous instructors. Join us this academic year for a rich mix of workshops that range from explorations in the galleries with Emory faculty and curators, to hands-on art experiences with guest artists. 

Workshops will be held from 5-7 pm and will meet in the Tate Room on the Plaza Level. Unless otherwise noted the fee is $8 for museum members and $12 for non-members.  To register, contact Clare Fitzgerald at or 404-727-2363.

Fall Semester 2016 Workshops

Coiling Culture: Basketry Art of Native North America
Thursday, October 20, 5-7 pm
Tate Room, Plaza Level

As much math as art, Native American basketry is sophisticated and complex. Dr. Laura Wingfield, assistant curator of art of the Americas, will introduce teachers to the diverse materials and tech- niques of Native American baskets on view in the installation Coiling Culture: Basketry Art of Native North America . Hands-on activities for the classroom will be part of this workshop.

Andrew W. Mellon Internships

Thanks to the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Michael C. Carlos Museum offers paid summer internships for Emory University students. Graduate and undergraduate students with strong interest in and aptitude for museum work may gain experience to augment their academic program. Three interns will be selected by a committee of Museum staff and faculty advisors. The internships are ten weeks in length, and students are paid $5,000. Scheduling of the ten weeks is flexible and can be done in consultation with the  curator in charge.  Deadline for applying for the Mellon Internship is February  19, 2016.

Summer 2016 projects include:

Dr. Amanda Hellman, curator of African art at the Carlos, is develping a digital didactic program for the reinstallation of the permanent gallery of African art. The undergraduate or graduate student intern will assist with researching and writing label copy for each object; acquiring permission for photographs and videos; planning and conducting interviews; and uploading content to the gallery iPads.  Some background in African visual material or history is preferred.

An excellent opportunity for an undergraduate with a background in material culture is a project working with Dr. Melinda Hartwig, curator of ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern art at the Carlos, to collect representative fragments from the museum's Curtis Collection of Near Eastern Art and pack them for distribution to other educational institutions with Near Eastern Studies, Anthropology, and Art History Depatments for use as "study collections."

Although Shakespeare set The Tempest on a small island off the coast of Italy, many scholars argue that he drew inspiration for the setting, several narrative themes, and the figure of Caliban from the newly encountered Americas.  An upcoming exhibition entitled The New World in the Age of Shakespeare will explore this argument by pairing The Rose Library’s Forth Folio with several engravings from Theodor de Bry’s Americae volumes, a series devoted to Columbus’s travels in the Americas, the customs of myriad American inhabitants, and the mistreatment of the native population by Catholic Spaniards.  Working with Associate Works on Paper Curator Andi McKenzie, the intern will research New World connections in The Tempest, explore the imagery in de Bry’s Americae, and assist in choosing objects from the Museum’s vast Americas collection that complement the texts in some specific way.  The intern will also write draft labels and an introductory text for one section of the exhibition.

Download the Mellon Internship application here.

The Carlos Museum also offers unpaid internships, often for credit, and other opportunities for working and learning in a museum environment for Emory students. For more information about internships, contact Elizabeth Hornor by phone at 404-727-6118, or by email at

Student Research Blogs
Graduate student Shelly Burian is documenting the process of recreating a Wari textile. The project has grown out of her research with Curator of the Art of the Americas, Dr. Rebecca Stone, as well as a life-long interest in dyeing and weaving.  The final textile will be featured in the exhibition Threads of Time: Tradition and Change in Indigenous American Textiles, which opens at the Carlos Museum iin 2017.  Follow the blog here.
Chamber Music Concerts
The Carlos Museum and the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta present the Cooke Noontime Chamber Music Series. These monthly concerts are free and open to the Emory community and the public.  Come early as seating and parking are limited.

Friday, September 16
Noon, Ackerman Hall

In the first concert in the semester, the Vega String Quartet welcomes their new first violinist, Elizabeth Fayette.

Friday, October 21
Noon, Ackerman Hall

Dynamic virtuosos Timothy Fain, violin, and Matt Haimovitz, cello, perform music for solo strings.

Friday, November 11
Noon, Ackerman Hall
The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and the Vega String Quartet welcome cellist Christopher Rex for a performance of Anton Arensky’s dramatic Quartet for Violin, Viola, and Two Celli.

Friday, December 2
Noon, Ackerman Hall

Eugene Skovorodnikov, piano, returns to Emory to play Haydn’s F Minor Variations and Brahms’s great Sonata in F Minor.

Friday, January 20
Noon, Ackerman Hall

Pianist Elizabeth Pridgen joins the Vega String Quartet for Brahms’s Piano Quintet in F Minor.

Friday, February 24
Noon, Ackerman Hall

Canadian virtuoso pianist Thomson performs works of Franz Liszt and Felix Blumenfeld.

Friday, March 31
Noon, Ackerman Hall

Some of the most outstanding undergraduate talents from Emory’s Department of Music perform.

Friday, April 21
Noon, Ackerman Hall

In an annual program titled Ransom Notes, sister and brother duo Kate (violin) and William (piano) Ransom play Schubert and Barber.

Friday, May 5
Noon, Ackerman Hall

Members of the Emory Voice Faculty sing Johannes Brahms’s Liebeslieder and other works.

How to Schedule a Tour for Your Homeschool Group

The Michael C. Carlos Museum welcomes homeschool school groups to explore the Museum's collections and special exhibitions with members of the Museum's Docent Guild.

To schedule a guided tour, download the new Tour Reservation Request Form, which can be filled out and returned to the Museum by email to or by fax to 404-727-4292. After typing information into the form please click the SAVE button at the end of the form.

Once your tour request form is received, you will be contacted by Office of Educational Programs staff to confirm your tour. Your tour is not confirmed simply by submitting the request form, but only when you have received an email confirmation and invoice.

Tour Times: Tours are offered Tuesday through Friday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.
Group Size: Maximum number is 65 guests per hour. Groups larger than 65 may schedule back to back tours.
Length of Tour: 50 minutes.
Chaperones: One per every ten students required.
Fees: Visits are $6 per student. One chaperone for every ten students is free. Additional adults are $7 each. Children five and under are free.
Confirmation: You will receive an email confirming your tour date and time and invoicing you for payment.
Elementary School Curriculum Based Tours

Objects Have Stories to Tell: Shapes and Symbols.  Designed for the young visitor, the students explore objects by looking for shapes and symbols of diverse cultures. With specially trained docent guidies, students will find spiral patterns on the giant Greek pythos. Are they a clue to what used to be inside? With clipboards in hand the students will collect all manner of shapes and symbols while exploring cultures from long ago. From ancient Nubia they will find the fly worn by soldiers as a symbol of persistence. They will learn about Athena, the Greek god of wisdom, courage, and the arts, and her symbol the wise owl.  From the ancient Americas they will see the jaguar, a symbol of power and decorate their skin with roller stamp designs seen in the effigies. Introduce your young students to the stories that the objects tell through shapes and symbols at the Carlos Museum.

Resources for Objects Have Stories to Tell:
PDF Kindergarten Standards

Archaeology. CSI: Cultural Scene Investigation. As they explore the galleries, students will learn about pioneering archaeologists like Kathleen Kenyon and the development of stratigraphy at the ancient site of Jericho. They will discover the excitement of analyzing artifacts once they have come out of the ground, from Egyptian mummies and coffins to sculpture, pottery, and jewelry from ancient Greece. Your students will put STEAM into practice as they learn the role of x-rays, chemical analysis, carbon-14 dating, and other scientific techniques that contribute to an archaeologist’s understanding of material culture.

Resources for Archeology:
PDF Standards

PDF CSI Lesson Plan
PDF Vocabulary

RIck Riordan@ the Carlos. The Carlos collections abound with images from favorite mythological stories. In this tour students experience the Greek myths through Rick Riodan's engaging charcters from the Percy Jackson series. See Aphrodite and Athena,  Apollo and his twin sister Artemis.  The Cyclops, Poseidon, and Grover the satyr are in residence in the permanent collection galleries. In the Egyptian collection, the characters from The Red Pyramid series comes to life as students explore images on coffins and tomb sculpture including Anubis, Osiris (Julius), Sekmet, and a magic wand. Students will visit the 'weighing of the heart' and find the horned viper and Apophis, the serpent god of the Underworld. Students will explore character, plot, and setting, but also the larger meanings that the myths had for the cultures that developed them.

Majority Rules. Developed by museum staff and 3rd grade teachers under a grant by the Georgia Humanities Council, this interactive tour for elementary students is aligned with the Georgia Performance Standards for 3rd grade. It introduces students to 5th-century Athens during the construction of the Parthenon and the development of the roots of democracy. The stories on ancient Greek vases depict scenes from the classics of Greek literature from the Trojan War to Odysseus’ voyage; the stories that are the exemplar of excellence and honor. Students will dress in a chiton and learn what it meant to be a Greek citizen; they will wear the olive wreath of the victorious Olympic athlete; and they will barter with blow-up versions of coins from the collection. See below for the Greek Passport booklet for students, Majority Rules vocabulary, and a follow up lesson plan.

Children's Workshops

Shakespeare Bookmaking
Sunday, November 20
2-4 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
Children will view one of the world’s most famous books, Shakespeare’s First Folio, the first printed collection of his plays from 1623, before experimenting with bookmaking techniques with Charlene Shikany of Red Wall Studios.

For 9-12 year olds. This program is free, but space is limited. Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or

Support for workshops for children and families at the Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation.
Evening for Educators, Fall 2016

Shakespeare's First Folio Evening for Educators
Friday, November 11, 7:30 pm
Ackerman Hall, Level Three

Enjoy a glass of wine and a snack as Margaret Edson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Wit and survivor of twenty-five years of classroom teaching, presents a stand-up essay exploring the free-wheeling, slapdash world of Elizabethan theater (not dissimilar from a middle school classroom!) and places “To Be or Not to Be” smack dab in the center of it.

The exhibition, The First Folio: The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, will be open especially for educators from 4-7:30 pm.

To register, contact Clare Fitzgerald at or 404-727-2363.


Student Docent Program

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to join the Museum's Docent Guild to give tours to K-12 groups, students, and the general public. Each fall new student docents are recruited and receive training on the collections. They begin touring in the spring. This provides students an excellent opportunity to develop research and presenation skills. For more information, contact Julie Green at 404-727-2363 or

Teen Programs
Carlos Reads YA! Romeo and Juliet
Friday, November 18
6 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
Shakespeare’s works continue to inspire writers and artists today. Teens are invited to read the dynamic graphic novel version of Romeo and Juliet by Gareth Hinds before meeting with Justin Shaw, Emory PhD candidate, to discuss the story in this after-hours museum experience. For 13-15 year olds.
Pre-register for Carlos Reads YA! by November 4.  Fee includes cost of Romeo and Juliet.  Come by the Education Office on the Plaza Level of the Carlos Museum to pick up the book.  Be sure to read the book before the meeting on November 18.
Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members. Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or


Support for educational programs for children and families at the Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation.

Middle School Curriculum Based Tours
7th Grade:  Continuity and Change: Material Culture in the Near East, Africa, and South Asia.
This journey through the galleries explores objects related to Hinduism and Buddhism including Durga subduing the buffalo demon, and Buddha in the famous “calling the earth to witness” posture. Students will compare the images of the meditative Buddha with the narrative movement of Hindu figures used to tell stories as devotees visit the temples. Oil lamps and pilgrim flasks, and images of Jonah swimming represent only a few of the objects created during the formative years of Judaism and Christianity.  Students will explore work created by the ancient kingdoms of the Middle East, today known as Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Afghanistan. In the African galleries, students will explore objects from the traditional, indigenous religions as well as pieces influenced by the spread of Christianity and Islam. Objects that reflect the influence of European colonization can be seen in traditional shrine sculptures that include imported objects such as top hats. The gold figures and weights from Ghana come from the Asante people who once controlled the gold trade and developed kente cloth, the fabric that has come to represent the rich cultures of Africa throughout much of the world.

Asante Amulet Lesson Plan
Magic Square PDF
The Ancient Americans Before the Collision of Cultures. Students explore the civilizations that were in place when the Europeans arrived. Learn about the economic system that united the enormous Inka Empire through the use of a knotted code. The importance of maize is seen in planting implements, painted ceramics, and jewelry. The art of personal adornment is highlighted from giant, gold earspools and labrets to body paint. Students will have an opportunity to decorate their bodies with patterns based on the ancient American roller stamps in the museum.

Resource for Teachers: Nature and Artistry in the Ancient Americas.  A Teachers Guide to the Carlos collection.

Subscribe to our Email List for Homeschool Programs
Funding Your Museum Visit and Bus Transportation

Need help funding transportation for a Museum visit?

A generous member of the Carlos Museum's Advisory Board has given funding to support the cost of bus transportation to the Museum for Title I schools.  K-12 teachers may receive up to $300 towards the cost of bus transporation.  Contact Julie Green at 404.727.2363 or to apply. Funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Target provides grants that allow teachers and students to learn in all kinds of settings. To apply for a Field Trip Grant go to

Public Programs of Interest to Students

The Carlos Museum offers a wide variety of public programs of interest to Emory students. For a complete listing of these programs, please see the Calendar.

Carlos Reads Book Club

Carlos Reads offers an opportunity to read and discuss great works of literature related to the museum's collections and exhibitions in an informal, small group setting, with distinguished members of the Emory faculty as guides.  

In conjunction with the exhibition of Shakespeare’s First Folio this fall, the Carlos Reads Book Club will read and discuss all of the Bard’s plays set in antiquity, guided by Emory Professor of English Sheila Cavanaugh.

Carlos Reads discussions meet on Monday nights at 7:30 pm in the Board Room on Level Two of the museum. The fee for each session is $20 for Carlos Museum members; $25 for non-members, and includes the cost of the book. Registration is required for each club by calling 404-727-6118. Books may be picked up in the Office of Educational Programs on the Plaza Level between 8:30 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday.  Please pick up the book in time to read it before the discussion.

Titus Andronicus
Monday, September 12

We begin with Titus Andronicus, a tale of competing families trapped in a dangerous cycle of lust and betrayal. While bowing to 16th-century audiences’ taste for revenge tragedies, the play also investigates many important questions about masculinity, political order, civilization, and (native) tongues.

Julius Caesar
Monday, October 3

Only appearing for a short time in the play, the figure of Julius Ceasar casts a large shadow over the entire drama. As much about Brutus as Caesar, this tragedy of the back-stabbing friend and the consequences of his actions play out across the very public spectacle of a burgeoning empire. Though grounded in Roman history the play lends itself well to critical dialogue about democratic processes and popular sovereignty that sound familiar in a 21st-century American context.

Troilus and Cressida
Monday, October 24

In 1602, Shakespeare channeled Chaucer, Homer, and countless other writers into Troilus and Cressida, an epic tragedy of doomed lovers set within the larger scope of the Trojan War.

Anthony and Cleopatra
Monday, November 7

THIS PROGRAM IS FULL AND NO ADDITIONAL REGISTRATIONS MAY BE TAKEN. Shakespeare’s Anthony and Cleopatra is Romeo and Juliet for grown-ups as Mark Antony and Cleopatra fight to keep both their love and their immense power intact. The play shifts scenes from a calcified Egypt to a dynamic Rome, and sensual, natural spaces juxtapose urban, austere ones.

Monday, November 14

Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, based on Plutarch’s account of the life of Roman general Caius Martius, is a violent, fast-paced contest for power. After a military triumph, the general is given the honorary title Coriolanus and the position of Consul. Too proud to respect the will of the people, however, he soon finds himself despised by the mob, and speaks out passionately against popular rule. Driven from the city as a traitor, he allies himself with his old enemies and begins to plot a merciless revenge.

Timon of Athens
Monday, November 28

In Timon of Athens, a philanthropist frivolously gives away large sums of money to his friends, enabling them to ease through life, and then, when he goes broke, he asks for it back. As the play unfolds, Timon’s actions send him on a downward spiral until he has lost friends and fortune. Timon confronts the nature of friendship, the politics of inclusion, and the meaning of charity.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Monday, December 12

"How they may be, and yet in two, as you will live, resolve it you." These are the closing lines of the riddle of King Antiochus in one of Shakespeare's most perplexing problem plays. When the young Prince Pericles of Tyre figures out the riddle, the answer thrusts him into a storm of political intrigue, exile, familial lust, and betrayal that sends him across the pristine blue seas and rocky  coasts of the ancient eastern Mediterranean. Not appearing until the Third Folio, "Pericles" is thought to have been written by two playwrights and has continuously confounding audiences to this day. Based on medieval legends about the adventures of the Greek Apollonius of Tyre, this late play and its riddles are sure to arouse debate.  



High School Curriculum Based Tours

World History. Explore the ancient Mediterranean world, birthplace of writing and laws. See Egyptian and Nubian art showcasing decorated coffins, mummies, and hieroglyphs on papyrus and carved in stone. The Classical galleries emphasize the great stories of civilization on painted pottery and include objects from ancient athletic games, architecture, theater and beautifully crafted items traded throughout the Mediterranean.The Asian galleries introduce the dynamic images of the Hindu religion and the calm serenity of images of the Buddha. Enter the ancient American world for Maya and Inka works expressing the bond between the natural and supernatural worlds and the religious system of shamanism, found throughout the Americas. The African collection includes traditional objects for public festival and private ritual use, and images that show the influence of European colonization.

Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations. The ancient civilizations of the Near East, Egypt, and Greece come to life in the galleries at the Carlos. Students can explore the first settled communities of the Fertile Crescent, where writing, law, and trade developed. They can experience first hand the grandeur of ancient Egypt through mummies, elaborately painted coffins, royal sculpture, and hieroglyphic inscriptions on papyrus. In the ancient Greek galleries, sculpture, painted pottery, coins, and jewelry convey the richness of Greek mythology, the cultural values of honor and excellence, and the development of theater and epic poetry. Students will discover how Alexander the Great spread “Hellenism” from North Africa to Roman Britain through warfare, but also through trade and the spread of the Greek language.

Times and Texts of the Bible. Learn how objects from the Egyptian, Near Eastern, and Classical collections relate to the times and texts of the Hebrew Bible and the Greek New Testament. Tour includes an exploration of cylinder seals, pilgrim flasks, oil lamps and images of Bible stories left on pottery fragments from 1st century North Africa.

Foreign Languages

Spanish classes: Vea Y Explore. Spanish explorers brought their language to Meso, Central, and South America, but remarkable indigenous cultures predated their arrival. The ancient American galleries feature intricate textiles, elaborate work in gold and silver, and ceramics created by the Inka, Maya and other cultures in the region.

Latin Classes: Ars Longa, Vita Brevis. Since art is long and life, short, seize the day and visit Ulysses and the Cyclops, Menelaus and Helen, Europa and the Bull, and the Emperor Tiberius. Discover the importance of Roman imperial portraiture and propaganda. Find images of metamorphoses and reinforce your reading with scenes from Ovid and Virgil. Explore Roman funeral rituals and translate inscription on cinerary urns. Meet Romulus and Remus and see how important archaeology is in understanding the objects from Roman daily life.

Art Classes

Drawing in the Galleries: Tour and Workshop. Throughout history artists have drawn their inspiration and honed their eye by drawing from the great works of art. Why not inspire the young artists of Georgia with the Carlos collections? Spend an hour and a half exploring a collection, discussing the elements of art and drawing technique, and participating in a sustained drawing activity guided by experienced docent-artists.
Family Concerts

The Carlos Museum offers an exciting series of chamber music concerts for children and families performed by The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and special guest artists. Family concerts are a wonderful way to introduce children of all ages to chamber music in the intimate space of the Carlos Museum's Reception Hall. Concerts last for approximately one hour.

Invitation to the Dance!
Sunday, October 2
4 PM, Ackerman Hall

 Waltzes, mazurkas, minuets, tangos and more by the Vega Quartet and pianist William Ransom will have you dancing in your seats!

Santa's Favorite Chamber Music
Sunday, December 11
4 PM, Ackerman Hall

We welcome back Old Saint Nick himself to introduce some of his favorite classical works and give treats to good listeners.

Atlanta's Young Artists
Sunday, March 26
4 PM, Ackerman Hall

Some of the area’s finest pre-college musicians perform on this exciting annual showcase of what talent and hard work can produce.

Pajama Concert
Friday, April 7
7:30 PM, Ackerman Hall

Enjoy Musical Nighttime Stories performed by the Vega Quartet with some hot chocolate and marshmallows -- and if you like, wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal!

Musical Animals
Sunday, April 23
4 PM, Ackerman Hall

Ferdinand the Bull and Peter and the Wolf narrated by Lois Reitzes, legendary voice of classical radio in Atlanta. With pianists Elena Cholakova and William Ransom.

Family Concerts at the Carlos Museum are made possible through the generous financial support of the Christian Humann Foundation. 
Subscribe to our Email List for Preschool Teachers
Lectures, Symposia, and Gallery Talks
The Museum draws on the rich resources of the University's faculty and graduate students, and supports Emory's academic mission by bringing nationally and internationally recognized scholars, authors, and artists to campus to present engaging lectures and gallery talks, and to participate in public conversations. Most of these programs are free and all are open to the Emory community and the public. Highlights of Fall semester 2016 include: 

Wednesday, September 7
7:30 pm, Ackerman Hall
In a lecture titled Bodyguard Buddhas: Protector Deities in Tibetan Buddhism, Sara McClintock of Emory’s Department of Religion will introduce stories and practices connected to the key protector deities and their roles as guardians of the Dharma.

Wednesday, September 28
7:30 pm, Ackerman Hall

In the Western world, buddhas and bodhisattvas are frequently used as carriers for advertising luxury goods, as objets d’art, and as body ornaments. In a lecture titled Buddha in a Shopping Bag, Martin Brauen, chief curator emeritus at the Rubin Museum of Art, explores such uses of sacred Buddhist images and ways in which contemporary artists are depicting and transforming Buddhist symbols.

Sunday, October 16
4 pm, Ackerman Hall

In a lecture titled Etruscan Translations of Greek Myth, Dr. Larissa Bonafonte, professor of Classics emerita at New York University, explores the ways in which the Etruscans adopted Greek myths and transformed them in accordance with their own beliefs and ways of life.

Nix Mann Endowed Lecture
Tuesday, October 18
7:30 pm, Ackerman Hall

Political commentator and author, contributing editor at New York, pioneer of the political blog, and former editor of The New Republic, Andrew Sullivan delivers this year’s Nix Mann Endowed Lecture, What Plato Can Tell Us About American Democracy.

Andrew Sullivan might deserve to be remembered as the most influential political writer of his generation.” —The New York Times

In 1992 the architectural firm of Nix Mann & Associates (now Perkins and Will) endowed this lecture to bring distinguished speakers to campus on an annual basis.

Gallery Talk
Sunday, October 23
2 and 4 pm, Level One Galleries

Assistant Curator of Art of the Americas, Laura Wingfield, will give two back-to-back gallery talks in Coiling Culture: Basketry Art of Native North America, with a reception in between. Enjoy wine and light snacks and hear Dr. Wingfield discuss the materials, making, and meaning of baskets from nineteen different Native American nations, at either 2 or 4 pm. Space is limited and a reservation is required by calling 404-727-4280.



Common Core and Georgia Performance Standards
Docent-led tours of the collections of the Carlos Museum are designed to meet Common Core and Georgia Performance Standards in many areas of the curriculum, providing a vivid entry to the study of world cultures through art. Expand the classroom experience and the imaginations of your students with a visit to Emory’s Carlos Museum. During tours students will:
  • build critical-thinking skills
  • compare similarities and differences (Social Studies Skills Matrix #1.)
  • analyze artifacts ( Social Studies Skills Matrix #10.)
  • draw conclusions and make generalizations (Social Studies Skills Matrix #11.)
  • understand how people express their beliefs and ideas through objects (Historical Understanding; all levels).
  • explore diversity and a variety of religious concepts (Historical Understanding; all levels)
  • become acquainted with cultures and traditions from around the world (Historical and Geographic Understanding, all levels).
  • ask questions that lead to investigations (Habits of Mind)
  • Use date to answer questions and identify patterns of change (Habits of MInd)
Carlos and the Common Core: 
Georgia’s Common Core curriculum uses literacy and language skills to prepare students for success in college, career and life. Learning in a museum setting builds vocabulary and connects classroom reading to original source material; works of art as tangible documents of history.  They will compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and patterns of events from several cultures; from Classical Greece and Rome, to ancient Egypt, the Americas, south Asia, and sub Saharan Africa.  In the museum, students will expand their classroom knowledge in a different medium, and will use cogent reasoning and evidence collecting skills to express their interpretations and opinions.  As an extension of the classroom, the Carlos invites you to bring your classes to explore the stories of civilization.
Camp Carlos
Camp Carlos 2016
Camp Carlos 2016 began with ceramic artist Ana Vizurraga exploring the concept of shrines in world cultures using the museum’s collections, from the Nigerian Mami Wati shrine figure to false doors and tomb chapels in ancient Egypt. Children also visited the Hindu Temple of Atlanta to experience the shrines to Vishnu, Ganesha, and other Hindu deities, before creating their own personal shrines.  In conjunction with the special exhibition Doorway to an Enlightened World: The Tibetan Shrine from the Alice S. Kandell Collection, illustrator and artist Ande Cook looked at thangka painting and other visual representations from Tibet, including wrathful deities and Green and White Taras. Every summer the camp to fill up first is one that connects our collections with the world of Percy Jackson, by the popular children’s author Rick Riordan.  This year, teaching artist Pam Beagle-Daresta led campers on an exploration of the Greek myths culminating with the creation of their own versions of the Percy Jackson stories on painted vases. Teens carved the Eight Auspicious Symbols of the Buddha out of pine with Tibetan woodcarver Yama Phuntsok in this year’s Teen Camp Carlos. We had the privilege of visiting Drepung Losling Monastery with Yama who was able to explain much of the art, including the beautiful (and massive!) mahogany alter piece that he and other master carvers created.

Registration for Camp Carlos 2017 will open to Carlos Museum members on January 23 and will open on February 6 for non-members. 

Camp hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 3 pm. Camp Carlos offers a 10% discount to families registering siblings. Aftercare is available Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 pm for an additional cost. The teen camp session is from 10 am to 4 pm, with no aftercare.

For more information please contact Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or 

Support for educational programs for children and families at the Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation, the Marguerite Colville Ingram Fund, and Clara M. and John S. O'Shea.

Subscribe to our Adult Programs Email List
For Families: Explore the Egyptian, Greek, and South Asian Collections at the Carlos with Our Family Guides!
The Carlos is pleased to announce a new addition to the family guides series. The new Egyptian family guide, with eleven die-cut  cards of animal mummies, painted coffins, and more, joins existing family guides to the Greek and South Asian collections. Featuring images of objects in the collection, lively text, and quotes from ancient sources, these collectable guides make exploring the galleries fun for children as they search for the featured objects and discover more about them.

The guides are available at no charge at the Reception Desk on Level One.
How Do We Get There? And Where Do We Park?
Directions: Hundreds of school buses bring students to visit the Carlos Museum every year. Unfortunately, there is often confusion about where to enter campus, drop off students, and park the bus. To assist, we enlisted the help of a bus driver who made the trip himself to show the way.  Please watch this video and share it with your bus drivers!

Please do not use GPS to get directions to the museum. GPS systems provide excellent information for CARS entering campus, but not BUSES.  If you must use GPS, enter Emory’s Goizueta Business School as your destination, and the directions will lead you to the correct campus entrance for BUSES.

Subscribe to Our Children's and Family Programs Email List
Funding Your Museum Visit and Bus Transportation
Need help funding transportation for a Museum visit?
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, the Carlos Museum is able to offer $300 per bus to K-12 teachers at schools with signifcant Title One populations. We know field trips are expensive, but bus stipends can make it possible for your students to explore the stories of civiization found in the galleries of the Carlos Museum—from the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mespotamia, Greece and Rome to the varied cultures of sub-Saharan Africa, from the indigenous cultures of North and South America to the thriving cultures of India and the Himalayas. Contact Ana Vizurraga at 404-727-4280 or to apply. Funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Target Field Trip Grants provides grants that allow teachers and students to learn in all kinds of settings. To apply for a Field Trip Grant go to
Artful Stories for Preschools
Preschool children gather to hear a story surrounded by Egyptian, Greek and Roman, ancient American, Asian or African art before looking closely and discussing related works of art, and then transitioning to the studio for a hands on activity!  This free program is made possible through generous funding from PNC Bank and is available for preschool classes on Monday mornings at 10 am when the museum is closed to the general public, offering a special environment for young children to experience art, literacy, and cultures of the world.
  • Maximum twenty children per group.
  • One chaperone for every five children.
  • If your group has special needs, please call to discuss possible adjustments to the program.
  • Space is limited, so please sign up early to reserve a space for your class.
To make a reservation for your preschool class to participate in Artful Stories for Preschools, please contact Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or

This program is made possible through the generous support of PNC Bank.
Additonal support for educational programs for children and families at the Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation, and the Marguerite Colville Ingram Fund.

Subscribe to our Email List for K-12 Programs